Vice President and Managing Partner, Infosys Consulting
Holly brings the scientist’s curiosity and observational skills to the world around her. She uses her interactions with some of the world’s leading corporations — and their work forces — to form fresh and intriguing insights on education and skills. After 25 years of work in the consulting domain, she remains a hands-on practitioner who helps clients deal with people and organizational implications of agile enterprises and changing business models. Her forte is to deliver learning programs for Infosys and its clients. Holly is now bringing this perspective to the World Economic Forum, as a steering committee member of their Global Future Council System Initiative on education, gender, and work.
Principal Consultant, Advanced Engineering Group, Infosys
Nampuraja brings 15 years of research and industry experience. He currently manages the innovation opportunities focusing on the adoption of emerging technologies in the asset-intensive industries, which also involves co-creation engagements with the clients and academia. This includes the focused initiative on Industry 4.0, enabled by the convergence of IT and OT (operation technology) in cyber-physical systems, where Infosys has strategically partnered with FIR (Institute for Industrial Management) at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He is an active participant in conferences and forums, and focuses on efficient management of assets and their associated performance.
Dr. Mark L Grabb
Head — Analytics Technology Organization, GE Global Research
Mark is the head of GE Global Research’s Analytics Technology Organization, which comprises of labs operated by members with PhDs in applied statistics, applied mathematics, quantitative finance, operations research, industrial engineering, robotics, machine learning, signal processing, image analysis, and computer vision, with researchers located in upstate New York and Israel. They enable GE’s big iron products to generate more profits for customers by increasing their revenues, lowering their costs, and managing their risks. Additionally, the team creates new solutions for other Fortune 500 companies and supports the research goals of the US government.
Senior Vice President, Research & Development, KUKA Roboter GmbH
Michael Haag studied Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) from 1990 to 1995. In September 1997, he received the Springer ‘Best-Paper-Award’ during the 21st German Conference on Artificial Intelligence. In 1998, he received his Dr.-Ing (Doctor of Engineering) in automated video sequence evaluation at the Institut für Algorithmen und Kognitive Systeme (Prof. Dr. H.H. Nagel). In 1999, he started his career as assistant to the chief technology officer (CTO) of IWKA Aktiengesellschaft, Karlsruhe. In 2004, he joined KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, and was responsible for innovation management, headed a team for robot applications in logistics, and managed Planning and Technology within R&D. He coordinated the development of the new robot control generation KR C4. Currently, he is Senior Vice President, R&D, at KUKA Roboter GmbH and Head of the Competence Centers. He also gives lectures in robotics at the University of Karlsruhe - Technology and Economics (University of Applied Sciences).
Richard believes in the Googly mantra of ‘know the user, know the magic, connect the two.’ For the past 20 years, he has shaped how companies make the Internet work for their customers across fintech, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data. He now uses his experience to be a trusted advisor to executives who know that something needs to be done, but would like to be a little more certain about what to do and how to do it. He guides large financial organizations on their journey from atoms to bits and has been pivotal in driving blockchain research, examining AI’s impact on financial services, and modernizing digital experiences for clients.
Dr. Danielle M. Kalitan
Digital Growth Leader for Software Research, GE Global Research
Danielle joined GE Global Research in Niskayuna in 2007 as a combustion researcher and in 2015 became the manager of the Turbomachinery Aerodynamics Laboratory. Danielle received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Central Florida, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Central Florida.
VP and Global Head, Insurance, Infosys Limited
Pankaj heads the Infosys business for insurance, focusing predominantly on clients based out of the Americas and Europe, and is a part of the Executive Council for the Insurance, Cards and Payments Group within Infosys. Pankaj anchors the senior stakeholder relationships for these clients and leads multiple account teams to deliver on the client transformation agenda. Pankaj has been involved in setting up transformation programs and partnering with senior executives to deliver on tangible business outcomes. He has in the past also led the Capital Markets practice in Europe and has been involved in developing innovative solutions for the business. Pankaj has worked extensively in the financial services and insurance industry, on various initiatives like client onboarding, organization structure and governance, business / IT alignment, process redesign, and business transformation. In his previous roles, Pankaj has personally delivered critical business transformation initiatives in large organizations and has consulted a number of senior executives on transformation-related challenges. He has been contributing to thought leadership and innovation through numerous white papers and various speaker roles, globally.
Industry Head – Communications, Media & Entertainment Europe and Global Head Telecoms OEM, Infosys
Avi heads Infosys business for Communications, Media, Entertainment and OEMs for Infosys Europe. He is responsible for creating strategy and driving business growth through four sub-verticals for Europe. He is responsible for helping CSPs, media businesses and OEMs ‘renew’ their existing business while adding ‘new’ capabilities and revenue streams. Avi has worked extensively in the European Telecommunications and IT industry for the last two decades. He also sits on the Communications Industry Council of Tele Management Forum (TM Forum). The Advisory Council is appointed by the board of TM Forum to shape and drive the Forum’s strategic work programmes for global communications industry.
Avi lives in London with his wife Nikoleta and son George. associated performance.
Dr. J. Brandon Laflen
Head — Digital Services, GE Global Research Center
Dr. Brandon wears many hats — he leads digital services at GE‘s Global Research Center, manages a portfolio of advanced technology research programs that combine digital strategy with GE’s services technology pillars (that deliver hundreds of millions of annual benefit to GE’s businesses and customers), and builds the next-generation product portfolio for GE Digital. Prior to this, Brandon led software transformation and worked closely with the Vice President for Software Research and the leadership team to develop the digital strategy and digital twin. Brandon joined GE in 2008 and has led software and digital research programs at the intersection of statistical signal processing, computer vision, physics based modeling, and materials science, before managing the System and Signal Analytics Laboratory in 2013. Brandon received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Associate Vice President and Senior Principal Technology Architect, EdgeVerve Systems (an Infosys subsidiary)
Peter Loop brings to the table his vast expertise in the banking industry and over 30+ years engineering experience at Intel and Microsoft. He is an innovative senior leader with a long career of transforming the enterprise system ecosystem. He has developed solutions to accelerate innovation and reducing disruption, cloud migration of banking solutions, API management and integrations, user experience strategy, mobility and BI strategies. Peter is leading efforts in the field of crypto-currency/distributed ledger technologies (Blockchain) for global financial services markets and their potential applications to banking, and also in driving evangelism and adoption of new technologies.
Associate Vice President and Client Partner — Retail, CPG, and Logistics, Infosys (Americas)
Vijay Neti has over 22 years of experience in the IT industry and manages some of the largest clients of Infosys. As a thought leader in the retail, CPG, and logistics sectors, he understands how technology trends and digital consumers reshape the business landscape, blur the lines between industries, alter the way people work / live, and redefine business partnerships. Through his valuable experience and leadership that is results-oriented, inclusive, and content-driven, he navigates enterprises through the challenges of the digital era.
Dr. Colin J. Parris
Vice President of Software Research, GE Global Research Center
As a senior member of GE Global Research Center, he is responsible for the software, systems, and analytics research for GE’s industrial and capital businesses. He works with GE’s subsidiaries, partners, and clients, to leverage their deep domain expertise and significant data assets. Colin is also an Officer of the GE Corporation. Colin previously worked with IBM from 1994 to 2014. In his previous role as the Vice President of Systems Research in the IBM TJ Watson Research Division, he was responsible for creating market making systems and system software that provided leadership for IBM’s next-generation mainframe, distributed, and storage systems. He has also been a member of the IBM Integration and Values Team (top 300 executives worldwide) for the past 11 years. Colin received a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree in the science of management (MSM) from Stanford University (as a Sloan Fellow); a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley (MSEECS); and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Howard University (BSEE). What’s more, in addition to six patents, he has also received various technical and community honors.
Head – Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, Infosys
Vishwa Ranjan sees things others don’t, thanks to his 20-someodd years working in the computer graphics field. At Infosys, Vishwa helps to paint a better picture of augmented and virtual reality capabilities by showing how the technologies will impact consumers and professionals, how they’ll buttress new and old industries, and what paths are necessary to get there. When he’s not showcasing VR demos at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Vishwa can be found in the classroom using his doctorate in computer graphics to teach. Prior to joining Infosys, Vishwa pushed the limits of animation and visual effects for Industrial Light & Magic, Electronic Arts, and DreamWorks Animation, including work on films and video games in the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings franchises.
Ravi Kumar S.
President, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Infosys Limited
Ravi leads the Infosys global delivery organization across all global industry segments, driving digital transformation services, application development and maintenance, independent validation services, engineering services, emerging technology solutions, business intelligence and analytics, cloud and infrastructure, and enterprise package applications service lines. In addition, he oversees Infosys Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and is on the board of Infosys BPO Ltd. He also oversees Infosys operations in Japan. He is the Chairman of the Board of Infosys China and is also on the board of Infosys Public Services, Infosys Consulting Holding AG, Panaya (an Infosys company), and McCamish Systems (an Infosys company).
Ravi has over 18 years of experience in the consulting space, incubating new practice lines, driving large transformational programs, and evangelizing new business models across industry segments. He is an Honorary Founding Board Member of the Technology Advisory Board at MIT Forum (launched in 2012); Advisory Board of the Global Supply Chain Center at Marshall Business School, University of Southern California; Oracle’s Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) Board; and many other industry forums.
Ravi has a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India.
President and Chief Executive Officer, TM Forum
Peter orchestrates the day-to day operations of TM Forum. He is a respected industry thought leader and a senior international business executive and entrepreneur with a unique wealth of experience. For 14 years, he has successfully performed across the sales, marketing, and general management functions of a large multinational ICT company. He also has 12 years of experience as a business-oriented CIO and as a member of executive boards in large multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and finance industries. Among his numerous career accomplishments, Peter was named the CIO / IT Executive of the Year by Computerwoche, an IDG publication. Peter also founded, successfully ran, and then sold itcps Management Consulting AG, a provider of business and technology consultancy services for all industries. He is based in Switzerland, speaks several languages fluently, has conducted business globally in developed as well as emerging markets, and has lived in a few different countries. Additionally, Peter is a seasoned non-executive director on various boards.
Global Head – Digital, Infosys
Scott leverages his experience to help companies navigate the complex technology landscape of mobile, social, search, and data, driving the evolution and strategic vision of brands in an increasingly digital world. Prior to joining Infosys, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Publicis.Sapient / Razorfish. Scott has been a strategist and digital partner for senior-level executives at Fortune 100 companies for over 25 years. Providing actionable strategic guidance across the entire digital ecosystem, Scott brings a rare combination of CXO-level business strategy, technology, and marketing experience in a fast-changing global market.
Head — Manufacturing Practice, Infosys (Americas)
Vijay is the regional head for the Manufacturing Practice in the Americas. He has been with Infosys for 19 years and is responsible for enhancing the capabilities of the manufacturing sector. For over ten years, he has been involved with the Manufacturing Practice and has been a keen observer of the trends in that sector. In addition, he has also led the discrete manufacturing and specialty automotive portfolio at Infosys. In addition, he also leads the discrete manufacturing and specialty automotive portfolio at Infosys.
Principal Analyst and Founder, Constellation Research
R ‘Ray’ Wang is the Principal Analyst and Founder of Constellation Research, Inc. He’s also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog ‘A Software Insider’s Point of View’. With tens of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insights into how disruptive technologies and new business models impact enterprises. He has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ray is a prolific keynote speaker and research analyst working with clients in diverse sectors like digital, innovation, business model design, engagement strategies, customer experience, matrix commerce, and big data. His Silicon Valley research firm advises Global 2000 companies on futuristic business strategy and disruptive technology adoption. He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC TV, Reuters, IDG News Service, and other global media outlets. His new book, Disrupting Digital Business, is published by the Harvard Business Review Press and available globally now. This book provides insights into why 52 percent of Fortune 500 companies have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since the year 2000. It highlights the fact that it’s not technologies that drive this change — but a shift in how new business models are created by leveraging technologies. He is available @rwang0 on Twitter.